senate Bill S3412A

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Relates to voting by the legislature during certain hours

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Jan 29, 2014 print number 3412a
amend and recommit to investigations and government operations
Jan 08, 2014 referred to investigations and government operations
Apr 16, 2013 reported and committed to finance
Mar 20, 2013 notice of committee consideration - requested
Feb 01, 2013 referred to investigations and government operations

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S3412 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A7103A
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Legislative Law
Laws Affected:
Add §49, Leg L

S3412 - Bill Texts

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Prohibits voting by the legislature between the hours of 9:00 pm and 9:00 am.

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BILL NUMBER:S3412

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the legislative law, in relation to
prohibiting voting on legislation during certain times

PURPOSE: To require that the state legislature only vote on legislation
during the light of day to ensure open and transparent legislative
actions and opportunity for public awareness of the proceedings.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: The bill Prohibits either house of the New York
State Legislature from voting on legislation after 9:00 p.m. and before
9:00 a.m. The bill exempts votes on procedural matters. The bill would
rake effect immediately.

EXISTING LAW: Under existing law, the state legislature may take a vote
on significant state matters at any time. As a result, many laws that
significantly impact the lives of New Yorkers occur while they are
asleep.

JUSTIFICATION: The work of legislature is to accomplish the peoples'
business, it should therefore occur under the watchful eye of the
People. However, many votes on issues that will have an immediate impact
on New Yorker's lives occur in the dead of night. These kinds of bills
drive a stake through the heart of democracy.

This bill will keep vampire bills from being passed in the middle of the
night when controversial bills seem to come alive; bills that would
wither and die if they were exposed to sunlight and citizens would have
time to look at them. No bill, no matter what the issue should be
brought to the floor close to, or even worse after, midnight when most
people are asleep.

No bill will be voted on between 9:00 p.m. and 9:00 a.m. Votes must not
occur in dark of night because in most cases when the bills see the
light of day they wither and day.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: This is a new bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  3412

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 1, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  GIPSON -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Investigations and Govern-
  ment Operations

AN ACT to amend the legislative law, in relation to  prohibiting  voting
  on legislation during certain times

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. This act shall be known and may be cited  as  the  "vampire
voting act of 2013".
  S 2. The legislative law is amended by adding a new section 49 to read
as follows:
  S  49.  VOTING  PROHIBITED  DURING CERTAIN HOURS. NEITHER HOUSE OF THE
LEGISLATURE SHALL CONDUCT A VOTE ON ANY  MATTER,  EXCEPT  FOR  VOTES  ON
PROCEDURAL  MATTERS, BETWEEN THE HOURS OF NINE O'CLOCK POST MERIDIAN AND
NINE O'CLOCK ANTEMERIDIAN.
  S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.






 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD08200-01-3

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S3412A (ACTIVE) - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A7103A
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Legislative Law
Laws Affected:
Add §49, Leg L

S3412A (ACTIVE) - Bill Texts

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Prohibits voting by the legislature between the hours of 9:00 pm and 9:00 am.

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BILL NUMBER:S3412A

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the legislative law, in relation to
prohibiting voting on legislation during certain times

PURPOSE: To require that the state legislature only vote on
legislation during the light of day to ensure open and transparent
legislative actions and opportunity for public awareness of the
proceedings.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: The bill prohibits either house of the New
York State Legislature from voting on legislation after 9:00 p.m. and
before 9:00 a.m. The bill exempts votes on procedural matters. The
bill would take effect immediately.

EXISTING LAW: Under existing law, the state legislature may take a
vote on significant state matters at any time. As a result, many laws
that significantly impact the lives of New Yorkers occur while they
are asleep.

JUSTIFICATION: The work of legislature is to accomplish the peoples'
business, it should therefore occur under the watchful eye of the
people. However, many votes on issues that will have an immediate
impact on New Yorker's lives occur in the dead of night. These kinds
of bills drive a stake through the heart of democracy.

This bill will keep vampire bills from being passed in the middle of
the night when controversial bills seem to come alive; bills that
would wither and die if they were exposed to sunlight and citizens
would have time to look at them. No bill, no matter what the issue
should be brought to the floor-close to, or even worse after, midnight
when most people are asleep.

No bill will be voted on between 9:00 p.m. and 9:00 a.m. Votes must
not occur in dark of night because in most cases when the bills see
the light of day they wither and day.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: This is a new bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                 3412--A

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 1, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced   by   Sens.   GIPSON,   BRESLIN,   DIAZ,  DILAN,  ESPAILLAT,
  HASSELL-THOMPSON, KENNEDY, KRUEGER, LATIMER, O'BRIEN, PARKER, PERALTA,
  SANDERS, SERRANO, TKACZYK -- read twice and ordered printed, and  when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Investigations and Govern-
  ment  Operations -- recommitted to the Committee on Investigations and
  Government Operations in accordance with Senate  Rule  6,  sec.  8  --
  committee  discharged,  bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and
  recommitted to said committee

AN ACT to amend the legislative law, in relation to  prohibiting  voting
  on legislation during certain times

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. This act shall be known and may be cited  as  the  "vampire
voting act of 2014".
  S 2. The legislative law is amended by adding a new section 49 to read
as follows:
  S  49.  VOTING  PROHIBITED  DURING CERTAIN HOURS. NEITHER HOUSE OF THE
LEGISLATURE SHALL CONDUCT A VOTE ON ANY  MATTER,  EXCEPT  FOR  VOTES  ON
PROCEDURAL  MATTERS, BETWEEN THE HOURS OF NINE O'CLOCK POST MERIDIAN AND
NINE O'CLOCK ANTEMERIDIAN.
  S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.




 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD08200-02-4

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